Honors College Curriculum

The Honors College curriculum is innovative, interdisciplinary, and flexible so that it can be tailored directly to your needs. Students accepted into the Honors College in their first year enter as Honors Interdisciplinary minors. At the end of the first year, students interested may apply to become Honors Interdisciplinary double-majors.

That means you will major in the subject area of your choice and be an Honors Interdisciplinary major. Acceptance is based on success in the Honors Core curriculum, good standing in the Honors community, recommendation letters from two university professors, and on overall GPA at the college level (minimum considered: 3.25). Students who are not accepted as an Honors Interdisciplinary major may continue in the Honors College as an Interdisciplinary minor.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR YOUR CURRICULUM?

As an Honors Interdisciplinary majors/minors you will be able to custom-tailor your academic experience by taking unique courses offered only to students in the Honors College. Popular courses offered in the past include:

    • Diseases in History (offered for history or science credit)
    • Art and Adventism (offered for religion or humanities credit)
    • Civil War Study Tour (offered for history or humanities credit)
    • Bio-Ethics (offered for science or philosophy credit)
    • Technology and Ethics (offered for computer science/sociology credit)
    • Elections 2020 (to be offered in Fall 2020)

What will you study as a member of the Honors College?

Honors College students follow and unique, interdisciplinary general education program. In your first semester (Freshman) you will take several Honors courses that will replace traditional general elective courses. For example, Honors College students take ENGL101H – Honors Rhetoric in place of ENGL 101 and COMM105. That’s right, Honors Rhetoric covers the general education requirements of TWO classes! All Honors students will also take HNRS 115 – Honors Seminar and HNRS 125 – Biblical and Classical Roots. You will round-out your schedule by also taking traditional classes in the area of your major.

See below for details about the full curriculum for both Honors majors and minors.

Honors Core (replaces General Education): 26 hours

HNRS 115 Honors Seminar (6 semesters)…………………………………………………..0
INTD 105H Honors First-Year Experience …………………………………………………..1
HLSC Health elective…………………………………………………………………………………2
PEAC Physical Education elective……………………………………………………………..1
ENGL 101H Honors Rhetoric……………………………………………………………………..3
Note: Covers ENGL 101 and COMM 105 requirements
ENGL 102 Intro to Research and Literature…………………………………………………3
HNRS 125 Biblical and Classical Roots I…………………………………………………….3
HNRS 126 Biblical and Classical Roots II……………………………………………………3
Honors Religion (TBD)……………………………………………………………………………….3
Honors Tech/Ethics* (Computers/Ethics/Sociology) ……………………………………3
HNRS  Interdisciplinary Data Analysis………………………………………………………..4

Honors Leadership and Service: 6 hours

HNRS Service learning elective………………………………………………………………….3
HNRS 210 Leadership and Service I……………………………………………………………1
HNRS 310 Leadership and Service II…………………………………………………………..1
HNRS 410 Leadership and Service III………………………………………………………….1

Honors Interdisciplinary Courses: 24-26 hours

Honors majors need to take 7 Honors electives plus produce a capstone thesis, for a total
of 8 courses. Courses can be cross-listed in multiple subjects, and for both lower and upper division credit, as needed. At least 6 credit hours of designated “learning-on-location” courses are required. These would include courses focused on resources in Washington, D.C., in the United Kingdom, study tours, or Adventist Colleges Abroad language programs.

Honors courses not listed with prefix HNRS are denoted with an “H” at the end of the course number. For example, a regular RELT Topics course would be listed as RELT 294, whereas an Honors RELT Topics course would be listed as RELT 294H.
Students do not need to take an Honors elective in the area of their second major.

Honors interdiscplinary Science…………………………………………………………………………4
Honors interdiscplinary Religion………………………………………………………………………..9
Honors interdiscplinary History………………………………………………………………………….3
Honors interdiscplinary Literature……………………………………………………………………..3
HNRS 499 Honors Thesis………………………………………………3
Additional Honors Interdisciplinary electives……………………………………………………………………….3-7

Required cognate:
Intermediate level second language………………………………………………………………….0-12
NOTE: Competency based. May have requirement waived through exam or receive credits
through challenge exam.


HONORS INTERDISCIPLINARY MINOR

Students entering the Honors College are registered as Honors Interdisciplinary minors. Minors must complete the Honors Core curriculum, plus 18 hours of other Honors credits, including 6 hours of Leadership and Service and 12 hours of electives.

Honors Core (replaces General Education) 26 hours

HNRS 115 Honors Seminar (6 semesters)…………………………………………………..0
INTD 105H Honors First-Year Experience …………………………………………………..1
HLSC Health elective…………………………………………………………………………………2
PEAC Physical Education elective……………………………………………………………..1
ENGL 101H Honors Rhetoric……………………………………………………………………..3
ENGL 102 Intro to Research and Literature…………………………………………………3
HNRS 125* Biblical and Classical Roots I……………………………………………………3
HNRS 126* Biblical and Classical Roots II…………………………………………………..3
Note: HNRS 194 Honors Topics 
Honors Religion………………………………………………………………………………………..3
Honors Tech/Ethics* (Computers/Ethics/Sociology) …………………………………..3
Honors Interdisciplinary Data Analysis………………………………………………………4

* Denotes course in development that will run as an Honors Topics course in 2017-2018.

Honors Leadership and Service: 6 hours

HNRS Serving learning elective…………………………………………………………..3
HNRS 210 Leadership and Service I…………………………………………………….1
HNRS 310 Leadership and Service II……………………………………………………1
HNRS 410 Leadership and Service III…………………………………………………..1

Honors Electives (3 courses): 12 hours


Current Honors Electives

Please note: Honors Interdisciplinary Majors must complete 7 Honors interdisciplinary electives, and Minors must complete 3, to graduate with an Honors College degree. See Curriculum Requirements above for further information.

Fall 2020 electives:

HNRS 494: Elections 2020

HIST 294H/RELT 294H: English Reformation

LITR 294H: Shakespeare in the U.K.